Massachusetts Regulators Approve Testing Labs, Moving First Pot Sales Closer

August 27, 2018

  • August 27, 2018 at 11:10 am
    Rosenblatt says:
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    Regardless of your stance on medicinal or recreational marijuana, it’s nice to see a state working towards implementing the will of their voters.

    • August 27, 2018 at 2:57 pm
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      • August 27, 2018 at 3:08 pm
        Rosenblatt says:
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        While I agree marijuana has negative effects, I do not agree with every one that you wrote. That said, our opinions on this topic really don’t matter — the citizens of MA voted for it and lawmakers have a duty and responsibility to (as safely as possible) implement the will of their constituents. Your caterwauling won’t change anything; the people of MA have spoken.

        • August 28, 2018 at 2:58 pm
          Ron says:
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          There was a time when Conservatives believed in states’ rights over the federal government.

          • August 30, 2018 at 3:43 pm
            bob says:
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            Disagreeing with a state law and looking to spread information to invoke change in laws is not synonymous with being against state rights.

            This is for you and Rosenblatt, the social justice warriors of the area, and the virtue signalers. The ego in your post Rosenblatt is so huge.

            By default you’re telling him to shut up, and respect the law, it sounds great the way you worded it.

            Except…You want to stop him from mobilizing against the law, and any debate against law, and you’re doing it uniquely for this one (I wonder why? Maybe some bias in favor of pot laws that you keep on acting disingenuous regarding, and this is your way of indirectly shutting down that end of the debate while keeping yourself as superior? Possibly. Your ego is huge.)

            Watch this:

            The people have chosen. People support second amendment rights. Stop trying to debate about it. Shut up. Respect the second amendment.

            Why is this any bit different from what you just said?

            You’re using that method to shut down debate about laws, when it meets your benefit on something you like. Sleaze ball.

          • September 5, 2018 at 8:26 am
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            Bob,
            Conservatives are no less hypocritical than anyone else. They fought and died to keep slavery a state’s rights issue, and now fight to make abortion a state’s rights issue. But, stopping people from using a plant has to be controlled by the federal government.

            Whenever you decide to stop debating like a child, let me know. Maybe you could actually learn something.

  • August 27, 2018 at 4:46 pm
    reality bites says:
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    Dude, my retriever wants to know if he can be a testing lab too.

    He promises not to share with me (hehehe) unless I really behave (hehehe) its just that without thumbs he needs me to roll for him (hehehe) I really gotta behive

    • August 28, 2018 at 6:26 pm
      Chris Christie's Belt says:
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      I had a testing Husky once, dude took a nap and was fine, because unlike alcohol you can’t OD on weed.

      • August 29, 2018 at 1:24 pm
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        • August 29, 2018 at 3:31 pm
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          You are using the term “OD” in a way not typically used in order to further your agenda. Most people who say “You can’t OD on THC” mean there is no lethal dose. Which is absolutely correct. Unlike drugs such as alcohol and caffeine, THC cannot kill you with a high enough dose. Also – THC in excess does not cause psychosis in people who are not already at risk for psychosis. Always entertaining to see conservatives side with the federal government on restriction of personal liberties.

          • August 29, 2018 at 4:08 pm
            Craig Cornell says:
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            Geez, you Pot Fans are either really dumb, really ignorant of the truth, or really dishonest.

            The number of people who actually die from drinking themselves to death is a fraction of a fraction of a percentage. On the other hand, there are lots of reports of people committing suicide while high on THC and THC alone. Dead is dead.

            People die in car crashes while drunk. People die in car crashes while high on THC.

            People die doing stupid things while drunk. People die doing stupid things while high on THC. Lots of those stories, too.

            And you might want to talk to a mental health expert instead of just pulling things out of your bucket: Chemically, THC is a hallucinogen, just like LSD. Yes, Virginia, normal people experience psychosis on THC often.

          • August 29, 2018 at 4:39 pm
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            You cannot argue against this truth, “there is no lethal dose” – meaning, it is IMPOSSIBLE to smoke yourself to death. To clarify, by ingesting alone and doing absolutely nothing else, you cannot OD to the point of death. Not 1 case ever. So, whereas I agree with you it is a harmful substance and can lead to other dangerous situations, by itself it cannot kill you.

          • August 29, 2018 at 4:39 pm
            Ron says:
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            Craig,

            It is obvious you will not change your mind and those that oppose you on this subject will not change their minds.

            Time to move on.

          • August 30, 2018 at 12:16 pm
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            Craig – funny you mention suicide correlation with Marijuana in defense of alcohol. It is concerning how deep your ignorance runs.

            “Alcohol is involved over a quarter of all suicides in the US (approximately 7500 per year). Suicide is 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics than in the general population. Alcohol abusers have higher rates of both attempted and completed suicide than non-abusers.”

            “Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years” – From CDC

            THC can be classified as a hallucinogen. What point are you trying to make exactly? You compare it to LSD, I am going to assume you have absolutely no understanding of the biological effects of LSD either. I know it’s hard to challenge existing beliefs in light of new evidence, but being willfully dishonest/ignorant is worse.

            Marijuana can be harmful. We all know that. Seems like the majority of our country believes it is not harmful enough to restrict personal freedoms over.

      • August 31, 2018 at 3:57 pm
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        I can assure that some people OF on weed. It may not kill them but it certainly messes up their brains. Tired of this attitude that marijuana is harmless. You need to read the facts, not what other pot heads publish because they think it’s harmless and don’t want to give up the high.

  • August 27, 2018 at 6:11 pm
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    • August 28, 2018 at 10:49 am
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      There are no legitimate arguments against the legalization of recreational marijuana, simply because IT IS ALREADY WIDELY AVAILABLE, ESPECIALLY IN OUR SCHOOLS, WHICH IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR BLACK MARKET DRUGS.

      If you’re going to project your paranoia on others, at least get educated and a perspective first.

      • August 29, 2018 at 1:26 pm
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        Meth is easy to get and widely available. Legalize meth? Same logic. Put down the bong.

        • August 29, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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          uh … meth is easy to get and is widely available?? do you live in a crack house?

          • August 29, 2018 at 3:49 pm
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            I’m with you, confused. I would have no idea where to get meth, and I live in Iowa where evidently it is abundant. Besides, how is one going to compare something that is synthetically made with actual poison to something that is naturally grown? The two aren’t even in the same sport, let alone playing field.

          • August 29, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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            Today’s San Diego Union Tribune reported that arrests of people suspected of crimes who are high on meth when arrested is at an all time high: over 70%. The reporter noted that meth. was universally described as cheaper than ever an very easy to find, especially for high school kids.

            Back to dream land, Pot Fans. . .

          • August 29, 2018 at 4:40 pm
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            So, Craig, you are talking about meth. What exactly does that have to do with MJ? You are comparing apples to meth.

          • August 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm
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            You said: Tribune reported that arrests of people suspected of crimes who are high on meth when arrested is at an all time high: over 70%

            FALSE!! STOP SPREADING MISINFORMATION!!

            #1 “According to the report, 79 percent of the men who participated in 2017 tested positive for at least one illicit substance … among women who participated, 73 percent tested positive for at least one illicit substance

            So how much of that 79% & 73% is attributable to marijuana and how much is meth? We have no idea, yet you say nearly all of them were meth-positive. Misinformation.

            Next…

            “The study, released Friday, was based on random selections of arrestees who agreed to participate in a confidential survey and provide a urine sample for drug testing within 48 hours of being booked into jail.”

            So the 79/73 numbers are not the percentage of “arrests of people suspected of crimes who are high on meth.” They are a SAMPLE of a RANDOM group WHO AGREED to be tested. I assure you that 100% of “people who were arrested that were high on meth” did not take the survey.

            Listen. I would love to have a rational debate with you on this topic, but you’re pulling numbers out of your arse to prove your points. Either (1) report numbers accurately or (2) don’t report numbers at all.

            http: //www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-pubsafe-notebook-20180824-story.html

        • August 29, 2018 at 3:52 pm
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          I’ll say it. Yeah legalize meth. Alcohol kills tens of thousands of people a year. Outlaw alcohol? See you’re logic breaks if you’re not willing to be consistent.

    • August 28, 2018 at 6:28 pm
      Dr. Leroy Poop says:
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      My middle aged pot smoker friends sure are aging better than my drinking buddies. They are also mostly all the guys with advanced degrees I know.

      • August 29, 2018 at 1:28 pm
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        Well there you have a scientific study comparing alcohol to THC, one man’s buddies!

        You may have noticed that alcohol is popular world-wide. Your buddies aren’t exactly a statistically reliable indicator when the overwhelming majority of people in the world consume alcohol without problems. PS. Most people with “advance degrees” in the world drink alcohol at times but don’t smoke pot. FYI.

        • August 29, 2018 at 3:40 pm
          Rosenblatt says:
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          Are you implying marijuana use is NOT popular world-wide? Are you intentionally excluding Canada, Georgia (the country), Uruguay, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Peru, Poland and the United Kingdom?

          • August 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm
            Craig Cornell says:
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            Oh, man, Rosenblatt, you are tiresome. I don’t believe you are so dumb as to think the percentage of people worldwide who use pot is anywhere near the number who regularly consume alcohol . . .

          • August 29, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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            Not at all what Rosenblatt said. Seriously, your reading comprehension needs some work. He said MJ use is popular world-wide. Never said as popular as alcohol, just that it is popular world wide. And, he’s right.

          • August 29, 2018 at 4:52 pm
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            Craig is an expert at moving the goalposts and making up numbers.

        • August 29, 2018 at 3:54 pm
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          I mean it does coincide with the DECADES of actual studies showing little to no harm from recreational use of THC. But hey why use evidence when it gets in the way of agenda.

      • August 31, 2018 at 4:01 pm
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        Dr. Poop, you keep some low life company.

  • August 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm
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    Captain Dead Planet: My original response was to the dumb comment about a few buddies representing evidence that pot is harmless. My point is the same: worldwide, there are far more accomplished people who drink alcohol occasionally and never touch pot than there are accomplished people who smoke pot.

    It is laughable to even have to repeat it. Rosenblatt tried to represent I was wrong. C’mon, man, even you have to laugh at that idea.

    Maybe THC got to your brain . . .

    • August 30, 2018 at 11:45 am
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      No, he wasn’t trying to represent you are wrong. He asked a question and then supplied logic and reason supporting his question. You took it out of context because you lack reading comprehension. He never said you are wrong. I don’t see anywhere in his commentary that alcohol isn’t popular worldwide. You know, Craig, both can be true. Alcohol AND MJ can both be popular worldwide. Once again, it doesn’t have to be this or that.

  • August 29, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    Craig Cornell says:
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    And to follow up on more failed Rosenblatt logic: the SDUT article DID say that meth. is easier to get than ever and can be purchased almost anywhere, which is the ONLY point I was making.

    Maybe Rosenblatt has consumed too much THC too . . .

  • August 29, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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    Hey Ron: why should I move on? I am right about THC. The Pot Fans are wrong.

    It is scientifically proven to do all the damaging things I have mentioned. And routinely, the Pot Fans say dumb things about pot, like “my buddies who smoke it are so successful”, and “no one ever OD’d on pot like they do on booze” and “no one ever suffered psychosis on pot unless already mentally ill”.

    You are right about one thing: I won’t change the mind of the ignorant or dishonest people. But then again, I believe some readers have actually learned something about pot from the links I have posted, and maybe one pregnant mother won’t harm her unborn child as a result.

    If so, is it worth it?

    • August 30, 2018 at 9:02 am
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      The only people who have “learned” anything from your links are those who already agree with you. The rest of have always known of the dangers. We just believe the people should dictate what we do and do not consume instead of the government.

      I will venture a guess that pregnant marijuana users are not going to IJ to become educated on the dangers.

      • August 30, 2018 at 1:03 pm
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        Nonsense. If you knew of the dangers – and had a moral compass – you would worry about the impact on unborn children, especially children of color.

        Surveys show that young people have increasingly come to believe that pot is safer than they thought 10 years ago, all while the science is increasingly proving it to be dangerous in many ways.

        Ask 10 young people about the dangers of pot. Get 10 blank stares. Congratulations! You kept the government out of your life!

        • August 30, 2018 at 1:37 pm
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          You said, “Ask 10 young people about the dangers of pot. Get 10 blank stares. Congratulations! You kept the government out of your life!”

          Funny, my neighbors and I were out this past weekend having a similar conversation. We all have kids in school. There is a strong drug education program at our school. Ask any of them, they’ll tell you you shouldn’t do MJ. Not a blank stare. People are more educated that you intimate. Or perhaps, it’s geographical. Any way you slice it, my folks, those my age, and all the youth around here have ALWAYS known about the dangers. It’s an intoxicant so no, not harmless to anyone. DUH!

          • August 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm
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            And yet youth consumption of marijuana has been going way up over the past 10 years. Compassion!

          • September 19, 2018 at 3:09 pm
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            I know I am far past the last date of craigs response, but I just want to point out again craig that the rate has truly not gone up if you look at it historically. It is down from the late 70s but it went down and has been on a rise that studies attribute to legal cannabis. The best way to mirror this was when prohibition of alcohol was still prevalent. As soon as the period was over, the youth consumption rate also increased slightly until it leveled off eventually (3 years). We have also never said there were never any dangers. There are programs that go over every drug and colleges also teach these dangers if you go into a psych class. It teaches the dangers of each drug on the brain, but they even agree with us (from the multiple teachers friends and their kids have had). Pharmacy schools are already teaching cannabis benefits and dangers to doctors so when it becomes legal (as they foresee) they already know the dangers and benefits of this and can advise patients regarding this.

        • August 30, 2018 at 1:59 pm
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          Per the Constitution, it is not the job of the government to legislate morality.

          I also know of the dangers of alcohol, cigarettes, processed foods, pollution, all forms of transportation, prescription drugs, guns, etc. I don’t see you complaining about those things in our society.

          • August 30, 2018 at 2:23 pm
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            The sign of faulty logic: legalizing bad things on the basis that other bad things are legal. . .

          • August 30, 2018 at 2:59 pm
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            Hey Communist Craig,

            It’s called living in a free country. If you want the government to control your life, how you live it and what you consume, up to the point you are harming other people, feel free to move.

  • August 29, 2018 at 4:59 pm
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    I keep seeing these articles that dutifully repeat the requirement for testing labs to be in operation before recreational sales can begin. Why has no reporter called BS on this argument? Why has no one asked why labs that are ALREADY testing medical marijuana have to retest the same marijuana from the same suppliers in order to sell it at the same dispensaries?

    • August 29, 2018 at 5:07 pm
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      Excellent point. Seems like very little foresight required.

      In California, the State has just now asked that the police track the number of people driving while high on THC. Wait, what? “Recreational” (WEEEE!) pot was legalized over 2 years ago, AFTER Colorado’s experience showed an increase in traffic deaths from drivers high on THC.

      And only NOW California wants to study the downside of legal pot? Horse left the barn a little early.

    • August 29, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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      Good question. Although the requirements for testing medicinal and recreational marijuana are identical, companies need a different license, host community agreements, and SO much more. Here’s an article I found that sums up the issues concisely. https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2018/07/12/marijuana-labs-massachusetts



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